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The Macbeth of Meth: Breaking bad and the Tragedy of Walter White

Paul A. Cantor

in Pop Culture and the Dark Side of the American Dream: Con Men, Gangsters, Drug Lords, and Zombies

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
September 2019
ISBN:
9780813177304
eISBN:
9780813177311
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813177304.003.0005
Subject:
Society and Culture, Media Studies

This chapter analyzes Walter White, the protagonist of Vince Gilligan’s Breaking Bad, as a tragic hero by developing a systematic comparison of the television series with Shakespeare’s Macbeth. Many ... More


Aristotle’s Losers: The Vicious, the Brutish, Natural Slaves, and Tragic Heroes

Howard J. Curzer

in Aristotle and the Virtues

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780199693726
eISBN:
9780191738890
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199693726.003.0017
Subject:
Philosophy, Ancient Philosophy, Moral Philosophy

Aristotle says, “We are inquiring not in order to know what virtue is but in order to become good.” Yet he thinks that some people cannot become good. Who are these people and why are they ... More


From Voyagers to Martyrs: Toward a Storied History of Mathematics

Amir Alexander

in Circles Disturbed: The Interplay of Mathematics and Narrative

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780691149042
eISBN:
9781400842681
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691149042.003.0001
Subject:
Mathematics, History of Mathematics

This chapter traces the history of mathematics, from the late sixteenth century to the present, through the lens of mathematical stories. The period is divided into three main epochs and a possible ... More


‘Der Gute Blaubart’: Bluebeard at the Turn of the Century

Mererid Puw Davies

in The Tale of Bluebeard in German Literature: From the Eighteenth Century to the Present

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780199242757
eISBN:
9780191697180
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199242757.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, European Literature

This chapter identifies a sea change in a group of texts from the turn of the last century in which the traditional focus on the heroine is replaced by a focus on Bluebeard, who becomes a tragic ... More


French Origins of English Tragedy

Richard Hillman

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
July 2012
ISBN:
9780719082764
eISBN:
9781781700044
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719082764.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Shakespeare Studies

This book applies to tragic patterns and practices in early modern England a long-standing critical preoccupation with English-French cultural connections in the period. With primary, though not ... More


The Theological Scope of Early Christian Tragical Vision

Paul M. Blowers

in Visions and Faces of the Tragic: The Mimesis of Tragedy and the Folly of Salvation in Early Christian Literature

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
July 2020
ISBN:
9780198854104
eISBN:
9780191888458
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198854104.003.0007
Subject:
Religion, Theology

This last full chapter confirms, first of all, that tragical vision and mimesis constituted a theological artform in early Christian literature, whereby literary, rhetorical, and dramatic artistry ... More


Infinite Resignation: The First Movement of Faith

Mark Bernier

in The Task of Hope in Kierkegaard

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
October 2015
ISBN:
9780198747888
eISBN:
9780191810763
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198747888.003.0007
Subject:
Religion, Theology

This chapter turns to the nature of Kierkegaardian faith. The analysis revolves primarily around Fear and Trembling, where we see the Kierkegaardian description of faith as a ‘double movement.’ Only ... More


On the generic cusp: Richard II, La Guisiade and the invention of tragic heroes

Richard Hillman

in French Origins of English Tragedy

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
July 2012
ISBN:
9780719082764
eISBN:
9781781700044
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719082764.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, Shakespeare Studies

This chapter studies Shakespeare's Richard II, a play that naturally figured in Shakespeare, Marlowe and the Politics of France, and reviews its relation to the propagandistic La Guisiade. It focuses ... More


“I Believe in America”: The Godfather Films and the Immigrant’s Tragedy

Paul A. Cantor and Paul A. Cantor

in Pop Culture and the Dark Side of the American Dream: Con Men, Gangsters, Drug Lords, and Zombies

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
September 2019
ISBN:
9780813177304
eISBN:
9780813177311
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813177304.003.0004
Subject:
Society and Culture, Media Studies

In his Godfather films, Francis Ford Coppola created American classics by dwelling on a classic American experience—immigration. In the story of the Corleone family, Coppola portrays Sicilian ... More


Saul, Hero and Villain

Philip R. Davies

in Remembering Biblical Figures in the Late Persian and Early Hellenistic Periods: Social Memory and Imagination

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780199664160
eISBN:
9780191748462
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199664160.003.0006
Subject:
Religion, Biblical Studies, Judaism

Where Saul is remembered alongside David, it is as a failed or wicked counterpart to the successful and righteous king. Considered alone, he bears the classic profile of a tragic hero. The memories ... More


The Afterlives of Hope

Anne Pollock

in Synthesizing Hope: Matter, Knowledge, and Place in South African Drug Discovery

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
January 2020
ISBN:
9780226629049
eISBN:
9780226629216
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226629216.003.0008
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

The Epilogue describes plural legacies of iThemba’s project. iThemba both was and was not a failure. Like most start-ups, iThemba failed as an incorporated entity. Yet even though iThemba was ... More


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